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Lifestyle Diet Explained

Lifestyle Chef plans follow the paleo diet – which is based on the premise that our bodies function better when consuming foods that existed in the Palaeolithic era before the agricultural revolution. It’s all about eating natural foods as opposed to ingredients which have been heavily processed.

 

Lifestyle Chef plans focus on: high quality lean protein from chicken & turkey; iron and vitamin-rich red meat like lamb & beef; essential fats from omega-rich fish; nuts & seeds; and lots of leafy green fibrous vegetables. Our menus are carefully designed to ensure that you’re not only eating macronutrients – the obvious big blocks of protein, good fats and carbs – but also the micronutrients which are essential for better skin and cellular repair.

 

A paleo-inspired plan provides a simple framework for making good food choices and excludes gluten, grains, wheat, dairy, lactose & soy all of which are common sources of intolerance, inflammation and digestive irritation. Lifestyle Chef plans are about nourishing every cell in the body, not depriving yourself in any way.

 

 

'Paleo Food Groups'
Vegetables
Meat
Fish
Fruits and berries
Nuts and seeds
Modern Foods Include
Processed foods
Bread
Dairy
Legumes
Processed oils

THE BENEFITS

You are what you eat: if your plate is packed with nutritious, natural, whole-foods this will have a direct impact on how you feel, your energy levels, your mood and ability to concentrate as well as improving the appearance of skin and hair.

 

All Lifestyle Chef plans exclude added sugars and gluten. The minimal sugar content in our meals comes from natural sources like fruit & vegetables and unlike refined sugar, natural sugar has not been stripped of all its vitamins, minerals and fibre. The benefits of eliminating refined sugar from your diet are well known: younger looking skin, less belly fat, more energy, lower risk of obesity and associated health issues, improved heart health and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

Gluten is a common intolerance for many people, it can cause bloating, inflammation and lethargy. Refined carbohydrates can cause extreme glucose highs and crashes, so removing gluten can stabilise your blood sugar and energy levels. Sensitivity to gluten can inhibit weight loss due to inflammation. Processed white grains get converted into glucose (sugar) which enters the bloodstream triggering the production of insulin which takes the sugar straight to your hips. You should feel and see a visible difference when you exclude gluten & sugar from your diet after a couple of weeks.

 

For more in depth information and all the latest opinion and research on this topic, check out or blog.

 

*For more information and research on the benefits of eating paleo please view ‘The Paleo Diet’ by Professor Loren Cordain [2010]

 

 

PLANS EXPLAINED

The image above best illustrates the main difference between the plans.

 

The Fat Loss Plan works by cutting calories, more specifically minimising the amount of carbs in the evening meal. Each dinner therefore comprises of Protein + Veg. This phase is all about the ‘energy balance’ i.e. calories consumed being less than calories used in order to trigger weight loss.

 

The Nourish Plan is ideal for people who are essential happy with their body composition (the ratio of body fat to muscle) and weight. This plan is the ideal follow-on to support and sustain fat loss results achieved on the Fat Loss plan. The lunches and daily snacks are the same for both the Fat Loss and Nourish plan, but the Nourish plan evening meal has a larger portion of protein plus it introduced an additional element – the ‘carb pack’ (for example the side bowl of sweet potato noodles in the image above).

 

The Vitality Plan provide the greatest volume of food. In addition to the largest portion of protein with the evening meal, the Vitality plan includes two daily snacks (one more than the other two plans), a daily fruit pack and the lunch also features a larger portion of protein.

Packing the protein, vegetables & carbohydrates separately provides maximum flexibility. If you don’t want a large evening meal late at night, the ‘carb pack’ can be enjoyed by itself pre-workout or late afternoon. The protein and vegetables packs make a great recovery meal post workout. You could even save the ‘carb pack’ for the weekend and combine with your own source of protein.